Republicans taken to task for quoting “The Godfather”


When a random movie quote from the “Godfather” films used during the Townsend Republican Caucus was printed out of context recently, Susan Medaglia felt compelled to write an open letter to state Representative Robert Hargraves, R-Groton. Since there are nearly infinite explanations for someone humorously quoting a famous film, how one perceives the quote becomes a kind of Rorschach Inkblot test.

When she saw the word ‘enemies,’ she immediately thought of Democrats. Are we enemies? I didn’t think so, but you may have your opinion. I can assure you that Hargraves was not discussing the Democrats or anything having to do with Democrats when he quoted Al Pacino. It was funny at the time, but I guess you had to be there.

Of course that was an issue under discussion. Not as many people were there as we would have liked. We did discuss initiatives to raise political awareness and grassroots participation from our fellow Townsend Republicans and offered updates on public events planned in the near future. Here again, Susan’s assumptions reflect her own views.

She wrote, “unlike some political parties, Democratic events are open to everyone and don’t require a loyalty oath for admission.” Well, we are happy to report that we encourage any and all to attend our events and fundraisers, particularly the upcoming May Fling, which should be a great deal of fun for the whole community. Luckily at the last committee meeting we decided not to require a secret chant or blood oath at the door.

She also accused Republicans of being ‘divisive.’ I don’t see how straightforwardly and honestly promoting your ideals and principles is doing anything other than behaving with passion and conviction. We’re not trying to push anyone away; we’re striving to convince more people to join us.

Please feel welcome to attend our next committee meeting and we hope to see you at the May Fling.